Newest Chromebook for schools from CTL has a built-in handle, rotating webcam

by tech on June 30, 2014

When you think about Chromebooks for the education market, you likely think of Dell, Samsung and HP. CTL wants to change that branding perception with a new Chromebook of its own: On Monday the company announced the CTL Education Chromebook, with two unique design elements compared to what schools can already buy.

The $279 Chromebook is very similar on the inside to what other Chrome OS laptops offer: An fanless Intel Celeron quad-core chip clocked at 2.16 GHz, for example. It also uses the relatively standard 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution, 16 GB of local flash storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, memory card reader and pair of USB ports. CTL does include 4 GB of memory, though; that’s something I’d like to see standard on other Chromebooks.

CTL Chromebook

So what makes the device different? First is a unique handle that lets students carry the Chromebook like a small briefcase of sorts. And second is the one megapixel webcam: It faces front when doing video chats but can swivel back to take photos from the rear of the Chromebook as well. The notebook is a bit ruggedized as well, with a plastic bumper around the edges and a spill-resistant keyboard.

CTL said its Chromebook should last all day on a charge with run-time of around 8 hours; pretty ideal for usage in-school. Kids could charge the device at home and leave the AC adapter behind, making the Chrome OS laptop easy to tote, especially with the built-in handle.

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